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The Sound of a Generation

June 5th, 2008

Episode 166 of 715 episodes

Every generation has its own soundtrack. The Silent Generation (people born in the '20s and '30s) had big band and swing. Baby Boomers (born in the '40s and '50s) had rock and soul. Generation X (born in the '60s and '70s) had grunge and hip-hop. On this edition of All Songs Considered, we look back at the defining music of those generations and ask what the soundtrack is for the current generation, Generation Y (or Millennials). Featured music: Beck: "Where It's At" from Odelay Nirvana: "Lithium" from 'Nevermind' Public Enemy: "Fight the Power" from 'Fear of a Black Planet' Buzzcocks: "Sixteen" from 'Operators Manual' The Byrds: "You Ain't Going Nowhere" from 'Sweetheart of the Rodeo' Soulja Boy: "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" M.I.A.: "Bucky Done Gone" from 'Arular' Kelly Clarkson: "Since U Been Gone" from 'Breakaway' Okkervil River: "Plus Ones" from 'The Stage Names'